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The contents of this blog highlight geopolitical, ethno-religious, and socio-cultural issues from around the world. Contributions are made by ENODO Global, Inc. and its strategic partners.

Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of GE, argued in May that “globalization is being attacked as never before.” Politicians and populations, across a diverse spectrum of demographics in every continent, increasingly challenge free trade and global integration. This bold claim by the leader of one of the world’s largest and most recognized companies is buttressed by data arising in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, the increase in protectionism policies, and company’s realization of the cost of community conflict. The push against globalization is also...

Divisions between governments and their populations directly impact the social, political, and economic frameworks of nations, and influence regional and international security. These divisions are the result of government policies and actions, which often have a profound negative impact on their populations and are counterintuitive to their citizens’ identities. The world recently observed such divisions through the popular rejections of government initiatives in the U.K. Referendum on EU membership and the failed peace accord between the Colombian government and FARC. Failure to understand a populations’...

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has embarked on an epic journey of transformation.” King Salman, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud have charted a course for Saudi Arabia’s economic future. Vision 2030 delivers a broad strategy to advance the Kingdom’s progress based upon its rich history, values, and traditions. The strategy introduces three pillars that enable the Kingdom to shape its future and influence the region by: 1) remaining the Heart of the Arab and Islamic world; 2)...

“The UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) will have little impact on multinational corporations (MNCs) investing in Central and Eastern Europe.” At the macro-level, the future of post-Brexit investment in Central and Eastern Europe appears fraught with challenges and uncertainty. However, a favorable investment environment prevails within the region. Since 1989, major political, economic, and socio-cultural events have transformed the region, creating new opportunities for investment. According to the most recent Social Progress Index data, experts expect a drop in migration from Central and...

In the early morning hours of June 12th, 2016, armed U.S. citizen Omar Mateen opened fire at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 and wounding 53. Discussions surrounding the event fail to address the core issue underlying mass violence: identity. Identity underlies the majority of ethnic and religious conflict. When an individual feels that their identity – a set of norms, values, beliefs, and customs that are intrinsically important to their sense of self and belonging – is threatened, a violent response is only natural. Identity...

U.S. counter insurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have failed to utilize the most powerful tool at their disposal: populations. In fact, current counter insurgency strategies alienate U.S. forces from the population and inadvertently drive communities and insurgents closer together. Current campaigns employ short-term strategies that fail to create enduring security environments through (a) separating insurgents from the population and (b) delivering utility to populations. But most importantly, current counter insurgency operations do not provide solutions for the long-term problems that insurgencies create.   "A state rarely...